LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, the SoCal Honda Dealers hosted a special holiday party for over 300 children and families from PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) and the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic (LACGC). Families in attendance come from extreme poverty, homelessness, and foster youth programs.
“The SoCal Honda Dealers are thrilled to bring a first-ever holiday celebration to families at Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic and PATH, an inspiring local organization that provides support to homeless individuals and families as they transition from living on the street to thriving on their own,” said Jeff Christoffel, President of the SoCal Honda Dealers Association. “We’re honored to host a holiday meal with complimentary gifts, carnival activities and even a petting zoo, to help spread cheer during the holiday season. We enjoyed seeing smiles on the faces of so many kids and families with this very special Random Act of Helpfulness.”
Families in attendance were treated to an afternoon of food and fun. The Helpful Honda Guys in Blue and volunteers provided families with a warm meal and parents were given gifts to give to their children. Kids also enjoyed carnival activities, a petting zoo, and photos with Santa. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also joined the festivities.
“We’d like to thank SoCal Honda Dealers for hosting today’s holiday party,” said Joel Roberts, CEO of PATH. “These families have been through so much and it’s truly special to be able to spread a little holiday cheer, especially alongside such committed community partners.”
“The Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic has been throwing a holiday party for our consumers for many years, but never have we received this level of support. We are so grateful to SoCal Honda and the other companies, volunteers and individuals helping to ensure a very happy holiday season for our families,” said Charlene Dimas-Peinado, President and CEO of LACGC.
About The Helpful SoCal Honda Dealers
The Southern California Honda Dealers Association is celebrating its 10th year of the Helpful Campaign this season. The Guys in Blue have been surprising SoCal residents with hundreds of weekly Random Acts of Helpfulness – like pumping and paying for drivers’ gas as prices spike; dispatching the Helpful Honda ice cream truck with free ice cream on National Ice Cream Day; helping our four-legged friends find forever homes, partnering with non-profits to spread cheer for the holidays, and handing out roses on Valentine’s Day. Since 2007, the SoCal Honda Dealers have been demonstrating, firsthand, that they are truly Helpful… no strings attached. Learn more at www.facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers.
PATH, founded in 1984, is ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. They do this by building affordable housing and providing supportive services throughout California. In just the last four years PATH has helped nearly 7,000 people move off the streets and into permanent homes. Their goal is to help 10,000 people Make It Home by 2020. www.epath.org.
About Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic
Founded in 1924, the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic empowers children, youth, and families as they reach their goals in school, build healthy relationships, and enjoy newfound emotional well-being. Each year LACGC offers behavioral health and supportive services to over 4,000 individuals at three community-based centers, 30 school-based sites, and directly to clients through field-based programming. Its compassionate, highly-trained staff provides clients with a comprehensive array of services, including nationally recognized, trauma-informed, evidence-based practices.
Tessa Madden Storms – PATH
Destin Judy, remarQ – SoCal Honda